Faculty Footnotes

An immersion into the music and world of Arvo Pärt

Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Professor Dr. Peter Bouteneff traveled to Estonia for a unique experience, spending ten days in residency at Arvo Pärt Centre in the village of Laulasmaa from November 21-30, 2019.

“This residency was a period of retreat for me, an immersion into the music and world of Pärt which is so endlessly meaningful to me,” said Bouteneff. “It gave me the opportunity to work in silence, with a view to the great Estonian forest that surrounds the building. And then I could poke my head out of my study room and get into a conversation with one of the Centre’s...

Alumni News

Alumnus Archpriest Thomas Soroka is new host of popular AFR show


Ancient Faith Radio (AFR)’s popular program Ancient Faith Today is back with a new host, Archpriest Thomas Soroka, an alumnus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Father Tom helped re-launch the live, weekly call-in radio show on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Ancient Faith Today, which began in 2012, became a staple of AFR’s lineup under former host Kevin Allen, who reposed in the Lord in August of 2018.

“Tonight, as we turn the page on a new chapter of Ancient Faith Today, we dedicate this first show to Kevin’s memory,” began Fr. Tom. “And we take on a challenging subject that was very important to him and, frankly, to all of us: Orthodox unity.”

Tuesday’s episode delved into the topic of Orthodox unity with two other men with strong ties to St. Vladimir’s: Protodeacon Peter Danilchick, a trustee emeritus, and Dr. Charles Ajalat,...

Seminarians Speak

Ministry to the poor and suffering: Fr. Theophan Whitfield speaks to Ancient Faith Radio

Fr. Theophan Whitfield

Is your parish committed to ministry to the poor and suffering?

That question is at the heart of Priest Theophan Whitfield’s Servant Parish Project, a research study Fr. Theophan has been completing as part of his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) work at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. On October 26, 2019, Father Theophan spoke to Ancient Faith Radio about the project.

“So often, it’s easiest to allow your parish ministry to those on the outside to slip and slide a little bit—not because it’s devalued, but it’s just the easiest thing to sort of neglect,” he explained on the podcast...

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